An all-round performance from Team India helped them defeat Zimbabwe in the second ODI to take the unassailable lead of 2-0 in the ongoing 3-match series.
Put to bat first, the hosts were bundled out for a mere 161 in 38.1 overs, thanks to disciplined bowling by India, especially Shardul Thakur. The right-armer dominated the proceedings and picked up a three-wicket haul for 38 runs in seven overs.
For Zimbabwe, former skipper Sean Williams and all-rounder Ryan Burl fought back to take their side across the 150-run benchmark. While Williams scored 42 runs with the help of four boundaries, Burl stayed unbeaten at 39 from 47 deliveries, including three fours and a six.
In response, the tourists gunned down the target in 25.4 overs with five wickets in hand. Captain KL Rahul, who came to open, failed to leave his impact, but Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill made notable contributions at the top.
The match-winning effort, however, came from Sanju Samson‘s willow, who went unbeaten on 43 off 39 balls with the help of seven boundaries, including 4 sixes. Samson was well supported by Deepak Hooda, who scored 25 off 36 and formed a crucial 56-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
That's that from the 2nd ODI.#TeamIndia win by 5 wickets and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 20, 2022
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) August 20, 2022
Sanju Samson won the player of the match in the 2nd ODI.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 20, 2022
India seal a convincing win in Harare to go 2-0 up in the series 🎉
— ICC (@ICC) August 20, 2022
India successfuly chasing in ODIs with most balls to spare after losing 5 or more wickets:
146 – v ZIM at Harare, today
135 – v ZIM at Leicester, 1983
124 – v BAN at Mumbai, 1998
123 – v ENG at Jaipur, 2006#ZIMvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) August 20, 2022
INDIA WINNN!! 💙🇮🇳
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 20, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) August 20, 2022
📹 | 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐮𝐫 came back into the team with a bang 🔥
— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) August 20, 2022
A 56 run partnership between @HoodaOnFire and @IamSanjuSamson steadied India after a collapse. India win by 5 wickets and take the series.
HUM JEET GAAAAAAYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, HUM JEET GAYE!!!!!!!!!!!! #ZIMvIND #Lagaan
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) August 20, 2022
🏏💪 𝗧𝗢𝗣 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗘𝗥! Sanju Samson made sure we crossed the line today with his steady knock!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 20, 2022
Sanju Samson scored an unbeaten 43 in 39 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes – he was the leading run scorer for India in the chase. pic.twitter.com/dH8sTiNBIO
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 20, 2022
The match started with Sanju Samson behind the stumps and ended with Sanju Samson in front of the stumps.
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) August 20, 2022